Smart Secrets to Incredible Head-to-Toe Health
Head-to-toe wellness can benefit your overall health in countless ways. Not only that, but good health can enhance other aspects of your life, from your career to your relationships. Being healthy means feeling energised and positive, as well as knowing that you have the tools to cope with anything life throws at you. It means more energy to dedicate to your family and more fulfilment from your work and hobbies. If that sounds good to you, check out these smart whole-body health tips to jump-start your wellness lifestyle!
Focus on Nutrient-Dense Foods
Our bodies rely on essential vitamins and minerals for growth, disease prevention, and overall good health. Adopting a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods is the best way to ensure you get the vitamins and minerals your body needs. So, load up on colorful fruits and veggies, protein, and whole grains, and remember to add some healthy fats to your meals as well!
It’s a good idea to supplement your diet with multivitamins. Multivitamins can make up for any nutrients missing from your diet — especially those essential vitamins that are difficult to get from food, such as magnesium and vitamin B12. Multivitamins can help improve your mood, focus, and immune system functioning; however, all multivitamins are not made equal. Many include questionable ingredients and others just don’t contain the ingredients they claim, so do your research to find a multivitamin that you can trust.
Healthy eating and exercise always go hand in hand. While adopting a strict fitness regimen can be challenging, most people can find easy ways to walk more often — park a little farther away from work, walk to the store the next time you need groceries, or take a walk around your block after dinner. Walking for just 30 minutes every day will help you exceed the government guidelines for physical activity. And, according to Prevention, regular walking will boost your mood, improve your digestion, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and help you sleep better.
Go to Bed One Hour Earlier
Getting enough sleep is vital to our overall health, but most of us can agree that going to bed early is challenging — life’s just too busy! The good news is that just one extra hour of sleep can make a surprising difference to your daytime energy levels and mood. Currently, adults are recommended to sleep between seven and nine hours. Ideally, says BBC, you should aim for a consistent sleep schedule as well. Try to stick to the same sleep and wake hours every day — even on weekends — to stay on track with your internal clock.
Address Your Mental Health
Exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep will do wonders for your mental health as well as your physical body, but you can do more! Relaxing and enjoying activities that you love can keep your mind resilient against stressful life events. Although relaxing sounds like an easy way to support your health, finding time for yourself can be particularly difficult. Scrutinise your daily schedule and find things that can be cut out. You may be able to carve out a surprising amount of time every day by avoiding social media and checking your emails less often. Use your new-found downtime to explore exciting hobbies or learn something new — research shows that these activities are great for our mental health!
Getting healthy doesn’t always have to be a nightmare of dieting and early morning trips to the gym. Some of the best ways to support your head-to-toe health are the small changes you can make to your daily routine. Add some vegetables to your dinner and catch an extra hour of sleep, or head out for a walk before breakfast. You’ll find that a little self-care goes a long way.
Special guest Blog by Brad Krause